Middlesbrough drew 0-0 with Charlton Athletic on Saturday, with defenders very much having the upper hand.
Middlesbrough slipped out of the Championship play-off places on Saturday as they were held 0-0 to draw specialists Charlton Athletic at The Valley.
With chances at a premium one moment of quality could have changed everything, but that was not to be, with the two sides having just one shot each on target.
As much as that could be blamed on the wastefulness of their forwards, the two defences should also be praised, and the Middlesbrough back-line saw former Liverpool player Daniel Ayala outshine on-loan Chelsea centre-back Kenneth Omeruo in a number of key areas.
Ayala's passing accuracy was 19 per cent higher than Omeruo's - 80 per cent compared with just 61 per cent - while the Spaniard won more ground duels, more aerial duels and more tackles than the Nigerian international.
The on-loan Chelsea man did outdo Ayala in terms of effective headed clearances, but that was the only area where he outperformed his defensive partner.
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It should be noted that Omeruo left the field 19 minutes before the end of the match, while Ayala played to the final whistle, and both players did their part to ensure an effective rearguard action against the hosts.
But the World Cup star will not want to be outshone going forward, knowing all too well that he has a long way to go if he wants to impress Jose Mourinho enough to be given a chance in Chelsea's back-line one day.